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IRSF lauds record turn-out for annual Rett Syndrome Symposium
Date:7/2/2010

(Cincinnati, OH) IRSF's 11th Annual Rett syndrome Symposium held June 27, 28, and 29 in Leesburg, Virginia brought together leading scientists and researchers in the fields of neurobiology from around the globe who are attempting to demystify Rett syndrome. About 25 presenters led a day and a half of in-depth sessions attended by nearly 150 investigators and scientists, volunteers, families affected by the disease and IRSF staff.

The 2010 IRSF Symposium was Chaired by David M. Katz, PhD of Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine and Co-Chaired by Yi Eve Sun, PhD of the University of California, Los Angeles. It kicked-off with a Keynote Address given by, distinguished Rett syndrome investigator, Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD of Baylor College of Medicine. The meeting structure largely built on groundwork laid in previous years. For the second year in a row, the closing session on treatment strategies attracted a full-house demonstrating this group's strong ongoing interest in the application of knowledge to the plight of the patient.

Most notably, new relationships and collaborations were forged as researchers had a chance to examine and contribute their knowledge to the work of the other members of the group. For the first time, this year's Symposium featured a session on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), a subject which attracted a lot of interest and discussion among the participants.

Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Antony Horton said, "The record turn-out highlights our leadership in bringing premiere investigators in the Rett field together with accomplished scientists who are working towards developing tomorrow's medicines for Rett syndrome and related diseases."

Poster Session Prizes

About 45 attendees submitted poster abstracts describing the results of their research. Judges reviewed the posters and selected three prize winners:

First Prize, named after Dr. Zoghbi, went to Bruno Blanchi, P
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Contact: Jim Keller
jkeller@rettsyndrome.org
917-267-4504
International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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